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>> pelley: tonight, the president's first interview since the convention. how far would he go to heal the pwraerb with congress? >> you want know come over, wash your car? walk your dog? i... you know, i'm game. >> pelley: david martin on israel's scolding the u.s. for not become tougher with iran. >> if iran knows that there's no deadline what will it do? >> pelley: jim axelrod with one of the most powerful men in america. he controls the water in a record drought. and the discovery on a laptop. >> after 9/11 when the laptop came home but annie did not i could not bear to look at it.
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>> pelley: chip reid on the message that launched an army of volunteers. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, another credit rating agency threatened today to downgrade the u.s. government's credit rating. moody's investor services said that it will do that unless the white house and congress reach a deal on taxes, spending, and the debt. the national debt just topped $16 trillion and counting with no solution in sight. the first downgrade of america's credit rating happened after the president and the republican speaker of the house john boehner failed to agree last year on what was called the grand bargain to address overspending. in an interview, president obama told us that if he's reelected, he will reach a compromise with republicans. during a campaign swing through florida, he asked him about that
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and about the sharp division in america that makes this presidential race so close. i wonder why you think this country is so evenly divided. why have we become a red country and a blue country? >> sometimes politics gets a little more heated. passions rise. and, you know, i think what americans are looking for, it's not so much that they're divided ideologically, i think they just want to see us make progress and do what works. >> pelley: you don't believe the country ideologically divided? >> there's a segment of the country that's deeply divided. you know, it would be a hard to put a number on it, but i suspect that there are 30% hard core partisans on the republican side and 30% hard core partisans on the democratic side and then you've just got a lot of folks who spend most of their time thinking about how do i pay my bills and more than anything i think what people would like to see is an end to political
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maneuvering in washington and more of a focus on getting the job done. >> pelley: have your buried the hatchet with the speaker? >> you know, there was never a... i like the speaker personally, actually. you know, i actually think that he is a good and decent man who i think wants to do the right thing for the country. his challenge is that there's a wing of his caucus now that is prominent, vocal, and thinks compromise is a dirty word and he hasn't been able to control that caucus. >> pelley: you have a working relationship with him. >> absolutely. >> pelley: but a lot of people don't think much is working. >> two months before an election the speaker is obviously supportive of my opponent and his party and he wants to win as many seats as he can and he's not going to go out of his way to try to help me get things done that he thinks i may be able to take credit for.
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>> pelley: if reelected, mr. obama is likely to face the same republican majority in the house with difficult negotiations ahead. the rap on you from some people is that you have a very sharp analytical mind but you can be aloof. more woodrow wilson than lyndon johnson. and i wonder whether you think your personality gets in the way of negotiating with the congress? >> if your theory is that the president is your political opponent and our number one goal is to beat him than it doesn't matter how much of a charm offensive i put on, how often i have them over to superbowl parties or watch movies in the theater or have a drink on the patio, at a certain point they can't say yes. you know, i've joked in the past to my staff and to some republicans, look, if you want know come over, wash your car,
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walk your dog, i'm game if it means that we're actually getting stuff done on behalf of the american people. >> pelley: as we did with mitt romney, we will have more of our interview with mr. obama all this week on the evening news. whoever wins the presidential election eight weeks from today will have to deal with iran's nuclear program. today israel's prime minister accused the u.s. of dragging its feet in the face of an eminent threat, here's david martin. >> reporter: with intelligence reports iran has been working on computer simulation simulationsr explosions, israel's prime minister netanyahu publicly scolded the obama administration for refusing to lay down a red line which would trigger a military strike. >> if iran knows that there is no red line, if iran knows that there's no deadline, what will
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it do? exactly what it's doing. it's continuing without any interference towards obtaining nuclear weapons capability and from there nuclear bombs. >> reporter: netanyahu seemed to be reacting to remarks by secretary of state clinton who told a radio interviewer two days ago there is still time to head off iran's nuclear program. >> we're not setting deadlines. we're... you know, we're watching very carefully about what they do because it's always been more about their actions and their words. >> reporter: according to one report from a european intelligence agency, iran recently bought computer code for simulating nuclear explosions from north korea. that doesn't mean iran has decided to build a weapon, but it does mean it is developing the capability to build a weapon and netanyahu seems fed up with american patience. >> the world tells us, well, wait, there's still time. and i say wait for what?
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wait until when? those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before israel. >> reporter: but if an interview with cbs "this morning's" norah o'donnell, defense secretary panetta insisted the u.s. has a very clear red line. >> when they make the decision to go ahead and build a nuclear weapon, that for us is a red line. >> reporter: panetta also said u.s. intelligence would likely know when that decision is made. after that, the u.s. military would have about a year in which to mount a strike that could stop iran from actually building a weapon. >> pelley: david, thank you. it is 9/11, of course. 11 years since the attack on america. there were memorials today at the three sites where nearly
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3,000 people lost their lives. a bell pealed today at the 9/11 national memorial in new york at 8:46 a.m., the time that flight 11 hit the north tower. >> dennis p. jermaine. >> pelley: relatives of the 2,753 who died at ground zero read names of their loved ones. >> my father william edward machuly, daddy, i was nine months old when you passed away and i will love you forever. >> reporter: at the pentagon where 184 died president obama made a vow to the 9/11 families. >> your loved ones will never be forgotten. >> pelley: the president and the first lady placed a wreath at the pentagon memorial and later visited section 60 at arlington national cemetery where american troops killed in iraq and afghanistan are buried. vice president biden attended a
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phepl i can't tell at the crash site of flight 93 in shanksville, pennsylvania, where 40 passengers sacrificed themselves to defeat the hijackers. later in this broadcast, chip reid will have the story of one of the victims and a discovery on her computer, a dream that is now being fulfilled. now, imagine this: the next president is about to take office when he suddenly disappears. well, it has just happened in china. everyone wants to know what has happened to xi jinping, the man who is supposed to take over next month. our state department correspondent margaret brennan has been looking into this. >> reporter: the last photo of the man expected to be china's next president, 59-year-old xi jinping, was taken on september 1. for the past ten days, he has not shown up at any scheduled public events. his apparent disappearance has
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sparked speculation in the world press. when asked about it at a news conference, a chinese foreign ministry spokesman refused to comment. "i hope that you can ask more serious questions" he said. adding to the mystery: government sensors are blocking search results for xi's name. the intrigue began after xi canceled a meeting set for last wednesday with secretary of state hillary clinton. state department staff members who were in beijing to meet with chinese leadership were told around 11:00 the night before that the secretary's meeting with mr. xi was canceled. the chinese ministry cited unexpected scheduling reasons. the latest political twist comes aat a crucial point. china's fast-growing economy is slowing down and chinese authorities are concerned with keeping control as the new government takes over, scott. >> pelley: margaret, do the people you're talking to at the state department know what has happened to xi? >> they're curious.
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they were give an reason for xi's cancellation but they were asked not to reveal it and they have not, scott. they are still not talking. >> pelley: margaret, thank you. did yosemite national park play down the danger of the deadly hantavirus? in a record drought, it's his job to decide where the water flows. and what a bargain! a painting worth a small fortune is purchased for $7. when the "cbs evening news" continues. i woke up with this horrible rash on my right side.
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we've been reporting on the devastating drought. it still covers more than half of the country, and we wanted to take a closer look so jim axelrod followed the arkansas river across four states and came back with four stories. for his first, jim went to the river's source. >> reporter: high in the colorado rockies is where the trouble starts for millions of affected by this year's devastating drought. these are the head waters of the arkansas river-- the first of 1,469 miles. so we're looking at basically a stream. >> it's probably running about a third of what it usually would be running at this time of the year. >> reporter: gary hanks is a deputy water commissioner for the state. he controls the water supply for two dozen ranchers and farms-- an especially difficult job this year. those gorgeous mountain tops
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have only about a quarter of their normal snow pack. >> it was like a perfect storm in a way. >> reporter: the lack of snow, the lack of rain and the earlier break to the season? >> right. exactly. >> reporter: each morning, hanks wakes up to an e-mail from his bosses telling him how much water there is and whose irrigation ditches will get filled. >> this one has been turned off before. >> reporter: colorado prioritizes who gets water through a system of inherited claims that reaches back to the 19th century. >> i'm satisfying everybody that has may 15, 1874 and before. >> reporter: if my seniority dates back to 1880 you're out of luck? >> you're out of luck by six years. >> reporter: when there's not enough, he has to manually turn off the flow and post a notice there is no more water. >> we're going to shut it all the way down. >> reporter: this summer hanks has cut off the water to all but
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two farms and ranches. what's the worst thing anyone's ever said to you? >> probably not for television use. >> reporter: do they question your heritage? >> they talked about my mama. (laughs) >> reporter: what you do and what other water commissioners do all the way downstream, that doesn't stop at the colorado border. >> no, that's right. >> reporter: it affects farmers in kansas. >> absolutely. that's the way it works. >> reporter: this summer when it comes to the arkansas river, not much is working at all. jim axelrod, cbs news, ledville, colorado. >> pelley: and tomorrow jim follows the river to kansas where he walks on water-- or at least walks on where the water should be. we got more evidence today that the u.s. economy is slowing. there are fewer job openings. the labor department said there were 3.67 million openings in july. that's down slightly from june. that works out to one job for
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victims suffer flu-like symptoms, lungs can become filled with fluid, breathe canning become difficult. more than one-third of victims die from the disease. nicole lapeyrade fell seriously ill from hantavirus after a july trip with her family, including five children. she heard nothing from the park about the disease-- not before her visit, not after she reported the results of her blood test. >> i'm disappointed about the park's lack of response and the seemingly lack of concern for the public welfare. >> reporter: since the outbreak, the park has closed down 91 tents were most of the victims stayed. it's patching up and cleaning up the rest. twice in the last five years after researchers noticed a pi pike... spike in infected mice after a woman fell ill the california department of public health urged owe semi-toy warn visitors about hantavirus. the park launched an aggressive campaign just two weeks ago. are you comfortable you are giving people the information they needed before this
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outbreak? >> as a park, we feel that we have done... we have taken the appropriate steps to notify individuals. >> reporter: kari cobb is a park ranger. >> it wasn't something we posted in our most prevalent places in the last hundred years we have had only two cases aside from this cluster of eight. it wasn't something that public health thought was a major problem and it wasn't something that the park thought was a major problem. >> reporter: now, one case of hantavirus is rare. eight in one location unprecedented. one theory, scott, that tourists and all their food are feeding a population boom of infected mice. >> pelley: bill whitaker in beautiful yosemite. thank you, bill. here's a story for anyone who enjoys a good yard sale. last year a woman from virginia bought a box at a flea market for $7. this painting was inside. she liked the frame but not the painting so much. that is until an expert
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>> pelley: each year on this day america renews its promise not to forget 9/11. the memory of one victim is being kept alive in a house that bares her name and embraces her dream. chip reid has the story. >> normally you would scream or cry or something like that but i couldn't do any of that. i couldn't even really talk. >> reporter: when the world trade center was attacked, jeanette nelson was halfway across the country in north dakota watching the horror unfold on t.v. she knew that her only daughter, ann, a 30-year-old bond trader, was working that day on the 104th floor of the north tower. >> i didn't dare leave the television set for year there would be some sign of her and i would misit. and on the other hand, it was so painful to watch. >> reporter: ann nelson did not survive. when her belongings arrived home, they included her laptop.
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>> when the laptop came home but annie did not i could not bear to look at it. >> reporter: it took her nearly five years to open the computer. >> be a good friend. >> reporter: and when she finally did. >> grand canyon... >> reporter: she found this. >> volunteer for a charity. >> reporter: her daughter's hopes and dreams. her buck list. >> buy a home in north dakota. >> reporter: or build one. this past weekend, more than 500 volunteers traveled to this remote corner of north dakota to help build annie's house. in keeping with her passion for skiing and volunteer work, this house will be an 11,000 square foot ski lodge built to accommodate disabled children and injured u.s. troops. the organization behind annie's house is a charity called new york says thank you, created after 9/11, the volunteers include new york city
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firefighters, ground zero construction workers, and 9/11 families who travel the country helping communities rebuild after natural disasters. charlie vitchers spent nine months at ground zero. now he spend at least one month a year volunteering. >> you get to do firsthand what they did for us during the aftermath of 9/11 in new york city. >> reporter: this is the first time the group is building something in honor of a victim of 9/11. what would annie think of annie's house? >> oh, she would be delighted. i like to think that she does look at annie's house and it fills her heart today with joy. >> reporter: annie's bucket list will be prominently displayed on the rafters to make sure she and her dreams are never forgotten. chip reid, cbs news, bottineau, north dakota. >> pelley: that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all
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around the world, good fight. . this is 9news now. >> a high school junior is gunned down while walking to school in prince georges county. tonight, police are trying to figure out why. 18-year-old marckel norman ross regarded as a strong student and bright spirit at central high school is gone now. but his murder is still out there. scott broom is in capital heights with the latest on this case. >> the young man who died here this morning, marckel ross was an honor student at central high school. not the kind of person you would expect to be the target of this kind of violence. while prince georges county police cadets scoured every inch of ground for clues. >> this is a young man who deserved to live. >> central high school stunned principal tried to ma

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